7 Smartphone Security Mistakes You Should Avoid

7 Smartphone Security Mistakes You Should Avoid

September 8, 2018 By kirsten

    Using Smartphone? But you probably don’t know if your personal data and info in the phone is safe or not. Sometimes security mistakes can make you pay a lot. So, be careful! Uses of Smartphone in our daily life are must. We use it for so many tasks. Now, it is an integral part of our lives. I have witnessed so many people to do some silly mistakes on their phone and lose their very important data later on. In this case, email, social media ids and other personal info can be hacked easily.  So, it is so necessary to maintain well secured agenda for your smartphone.

    Be Careful of these Smartphone Security Mistakes!

    Well, mistakes are many that you probably putting your phone in security risks. Today I would like to share top 7 handy Smartphone security mistakes that you should avoid and protect your phone from several risks.

    1. Not Keeping Your Phone in Safer Place:

    2.1 millions Of phones were reportedly stolen in 2014. Thief can learn easily about your personal data and information from your phone. Your phone is the storehouse to let the thief know where you live and your work place, banking and credit card information. Else, passwords and other thing things also can be hacked.

    Don’t be careless about keeping your phone somewhere or while you are walking through the street. Be alert specially when you are in touristy or large cities as these are the hotspots for the criminals. I always make sure to keep my phone in my handbag or front pocket.

    1. Don’t Use Free/Public WiFi:

    Free WiFi networks are not safe. They are vulnerable to check out your online activities by others. Else, free WiFi can be spoofed plan to hack your information. Using free networks in café or airport can cost you much. It is one of the worst security mistakes you are doing ever and putting your Smartphone at risks to get hacked. So, staying away from any random WiFi networks you don’t recognize is the best smart idea to do. But, If you really need to use it, Read: Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi.

    1. Does your Phone have Antivirus protection?

    For android phones, antivirus is must. They are highly at risks of malware. Gladly there are helpful apps like Avast, Lookout and TrustGo to remove them easily from the phone by scanning.

    iPhone doesn’t require any specific app to remove malware from the phone. So, you don’t need to use any antivirus. Apple pushes out security alert, if any flaws found in iOS to get in any malware.

    1. Not Updating Your Smartphone and apps:

    Not keeping your Smartphone up to date is one of the silly security mistakes that you are doing. So, it’s a better option to update your phone when notifications arrive on phone. Else, check your apps are needed to be updated as well as. You won’t surprise to know that hackers create bugs in outdated apps and software to hack easily. But updated apps and software get fixed by companies. So, make sure you’re at the latest version that means you’re at lesser risk.

    1. Leaving Smartphone Unlocked:

    Don’t you use screen lock? It’s high time to use. Android phone users can password, pin, swipe or pattern lock on their phone. But I would suggest not using pattern as they are easy to crack. Make sure your phone has a strong password or pin lock. Otherwise many android smartphone has fingerprint lock. It is safer and convenient option for me.

    iPhone user can use pins. Else, iPhone 5s and latest iOS smartphone has Touch ID which is a quite effective fingerprint lock. Choose whatever is the best option as phone security.

    1. You shouldn’t click on sketchy texts:

    Sketchy texts are phishing tactics spread by criminals to hack your phone’s information. Smartphones are more at risk of hacking than desktops. It is also harder to assume fake log in page on a smartphone than PC. Be alert before tapping on any random link coming on your smartphone via message or other messaging app.

    1. Switch Off Bluetooth Unless You Need:

    Bluetooth is a simple way to share files to another device. But leaving it switch on while you don’t need is a common security mistakes I see among people. Bluejacking, Bluebugging or Bluesnarfing is a system to access your phone using Bluetooth connection without your awareness. The hackers only need to stay 30 feet away from you. Else, Bluesnarfer is a threatening process to steal your confidential data, login data of various sites also.  Unless you need Bluetooth on, make sure that is switched off.

    Are you doing any of these security mistakes? It is high time to avoid them and ensure your smartphone security now.  Let us know below in the comment, if you are facing other security problem on your devices.